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Sir Alex Ferguson returned to Manchester United for charity contest



Sir Alex Ferguson will return to the Manchester United dugout for the first time since his retirement. He takes charge of United in a charity match to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the club's Treble victory.

Ferguson – who ended his reign as United-manager in 2013 – will lead a side that will probably be club-legged against Bayern Munich, who defeated United to win the Champions League of 1999, in a game that will collect money for the Manchester United Foundation.

It will take place on May 26, 20 years to the night since the late goals of Teddy Sheringham and United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer United saw recovering from 1-0 down-to-beat Bayern 2-1.

"I am really looking forward to what will be a special day at Old Trafford," Ferguson said.

"It will be great to catch up with some familiar faces and a great opportunity to support the work of Manchester United Foundation."

Ferguson was on Tuesday at Old Trafford to see Solskjaer lose to Paris Saint-Germain in the first round of their Champions League draw of 16 on Tuesday.

In September he made an emotional return to the stadium for the first time since he was admitted to the Salford Royal Hospital to undergo emergency surgery for a stroke in May.

The 77-year-old had issued a statement in July to thank the staff who had treated him at the Macclesfield, Salford Royal and Alexandra hospitals.

In January, Solskjaer revealed that Ferguson had visited the training field to talk to him and his staff.

"We had some nice conversations – he encouraged us," said the administrator manager. "He knows that we will do everything we can, until the last second we are here, for Manchester United as best we can."


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